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Hurricane Season is here! Plan now and Stay Safe!
Although the Hurricane Season in New England is defined as June 1st to Novem-ber 30th, 75% of the over 40 tropical systems that have impacted our region in the past century have struck during the months of August and September. Click here to read more information in August's Senior Scoop.
What's included and where to find it:
Page 3 - Learn about the different types of hurricanes and what to expect with each.
Page 5 - Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency provides a suggested checklist for an "All Hazards Emergency Kit".
Page 6 - Learn what to do Before, During and After a hurricane.
Hurricanes - Power Outage Press Release
Hurricane season can be a scary time especially when their destruction cause major power outages. Hurricane Sandy this past year proves that to be true. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has issued the following press release regarding hurricane power outages. Be prepared and be safe! Click here to read the entire press release.
JURY DUTY SCAM
The caller claims to be a jury duty coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the Scammer asks for your Social Security number and date of birth to verify the information in order to cancel the arrest warrant for you. Give out any of this information and bingo; your identity was just stolen.
RELATIVE IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT SCAM
I received a call on my cell phone from a man with a very heavy accent. He told me a relative of mine (who he later said he believed was my son) was involved in a bad accident and was in need of medical attention. He wanted me to confirm that I had cause to believe that a relative of mine would be driving in Rhode Island (I have a cell phone with a RI area code). I began to press him for more information but he kept changing the subject and said that my son had struck his brother’s vehicle. Again I pressed for more information and he eventually hung up. I searched the internet to see if there were any reports that might be similar. Sure enough I discovered that it is most certainly a scam. Once the caller convinces you that your relative is hurt and in need of care, he threatens to kidnap your relative and withhold medical attention until you wire funds to cover the damages to their vehicle or any other excuse they make up. I have reported this to the Swansea Police Department and was told “It’s like chasing a ghost”. These individuals use cell phones that cannot be traced. He encouraged me to share the information and make people aware of it. Feel free to share this with everyone you know. It’s being done all over – Florida, New Jersey etc. It even found its way to a small town like ours - Swansea, MA. BE CAREFUL and BE SAFE!!
COMPUTER REPAIR SCAM: I received a call at my home from a man with a heavy foreign accent. He informed me that my computer was sending him/his company "several error messages" and he asked if I was near my computer. When I asked where he was calling from, he only repeated the same information. He never identified himself, nor did he ask to speak to me by name, confirming that he had reached the correct household. After doing some research, I have discovered that there is in fact a scam in which the caller claims to be from Microsoft and is calling to help you remove a virus from your computer. They ask you to log into a site that allows them to take control of your computer. In many instances they also ask for your credit card information to pay for the "software required". BEWARE and remember do not EVER give out personal information to someone especially when you did not initiate the call and DO NOT ever give control over your computer to somone unless you have initiated it. BE CAREFUL and BE SAFE!!!
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Comcast Public Access - Programming Schedule
If you are a Comcast Cable subscriber, a great deal of information is available to you through Comcast’s three Cable Access channels. These channels are used by the Swansea Council on Aging, along with other Town departments to keep you up to date about important notices, programs and services. Here is a breakdown of the programming on each channel:
Channel 9 – Education: Tune to this channel to watch programming of school events such as Swansea’s school sports, graduations, presentations of awards or other school sponsored programming or events.
Channel 15 – Government: Tune in here to watch meetings of various Boards or Committees as well as Town meetings. This channel is also used by Town Departments to post information; informing the public about department programs and services. Note: School Committee meetings are also televised here.
Channel 98 – Public Access: Tune in here to watch community education discussions, holiday parades, memorial ceremonies, religious services, entertainment programming and other community events.
ATTENTION: Clients of Bristol Elder Services
Many Swansea seniors may be receiving assistance from Bristol Elder Services, Inc. (BESI). As you know, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) law prevents your information from being shared with anyone without your expressed written consent. Even though you may be receiving services through BESI, they are not at liberty to discuss your case or your needs with us without your permission. The Swansea Council on Aging is also bound by confidentially laws. Your information will not be shared, nor will it be made public. We are committed to working with you and with BESI to ensure you are receiving the best care possible. If you would like us to work together to better serve you, make your wishes known by signing a release form. For more information, please call Laurie A. Pimentel at the Swansea Council on Aging at (508) 676-1831, Bristol Elder Services, Inc., at (508) 675-2101 or speak to your case manager.